Randy Blythe: I Will Not Be Thinking About Lamb of God for a Good Long While
Since releasing 'Resolution' in 2012, Lamb of God have experienced an incredibly eventful chapter of their career. After performing in nearly every corner of the globe and suffering a setback that left vocalist Randy Blythe in Czech court, Blythe has revealed he needs a break from Lamb of God and that he "will not be thinking about Lamb of God, touring, playing heavy metal [or] writing new Lamb of God material" for a long time.
'Resolution' turned two years old just a few days ago (Jan. 23). During that span of time, Blythe spent nine months of his life fighting controversial manslaughter charges. After a fan passed away, allegedly suffering a head injury during a Lamb of God show that would prove fatal, Blythe was pinned with the blame, spending over a month in Czech prison before his bail was accepted. Blythe was eventually found not guilty, allowing Lamb of God to once again focus solely on the music.
After completing the 'Resolution' tour cycle with a gig in Johannesburg, South Africa, Blythe took to his Instagram and announced his desire for some downtime:
"And so another album cycle comes to an end. This has been a very eventful, at times VERY STRESSFUL, album cycle, & it's been about three years since we started on this one in our practice space- I need a break. Tomorrow is a 19 hour flight back to the USA, & then another one home to RVA, & except for two festival shows in 2014, I will not be thinking about lamb of god, touring, playing heavy metal, writing new lamb of god material- NONE OF THAT STUFF- AT ALL- for a good long while. Time to do other things for a bit, & let my brain regroup, & be a somewhat normal human being. This has been a pretty wild ride though, & to end it in AFRICA of all places still amazes the crap outta me. So thanks Johannesburg for an awesome end to the Resolution tour cycle, & to all you other bands, hear this: the game has been stepped up, & the ante has risen. You are not a REAL G until you come to South Africa & your fans throw one of THESE to you on stage- a warthog skull. Takes the cake for the strangest thing throw at me on stage ever, & I've had some weird shit thrown at me- I named him Jeff. Jeff, the South African warthog. Top that, y'all. Don't front like your ballin' if you ain't rockin' that wart hog shizzy. I figured I'd finish up the cycle with a nice self-portrait. Me & Jeff are outty. Peace, & one love."
Lamb of God's 'As the Palaces Burn' documentary, which chronicles the story of Blythe's Czech incident, will premiere in Philadelphia on Feb. 16 before hitting theaters worldwide.